16 Apr 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: Inserting a Chart

Probably everyone working with Libreoffice Calc is using charts. And maybe some wondered why the dialog to insert a chart has a wizard-like workflow for all the less relevant options. But inserting a chart is not only a task in Calc.…

2 Apr 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: Shapes

Libreoffice Draw was treated somewhat novercally in last time. But we didn’t forget it and started to pimp its look and feel. This design session was about moving the stencils from the shapes toolbar into the sidebar. And of course not only Libreoffice Draw benefits from this effort.…

26 Mar 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: Special Character

The Libreoffice UX team discussed possible improvements for the dialog to insert special characters, in particular the feature of recently used items. But today we have more than one solution since the current dialog would still be technology-driven instead of user-centric.…

19 Mar 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: CMIS Improvement

Topic of last week’s Libreoffice design session was the integration of content management interoperability services (CMIS). Here is the outcome of this meeting.

This article was posted first on 2015-Mar-19 at user-prompt.com (site closed now)

Topic: CMIS Improvement

Bug Tickets/Feature Requests:

Issue/Problem

  • CMIS is only accessible through LibreOffice’s custom file dialogs, which isn’t turned on by default
  • Setting up a new CMIS entry is not always easy/possible (AskLibO)
  • Feature is not visible to the average user
  • No straightforward integration into LO dialog (+/Server…, subtypes at CMIS)
  • No feedback during connection
  • No refresh/sync on changes, at least for Google Drive (LO overrides GD)

Screenshots of current UI

Features/Functional Requirements

  • Access from start center (to promote this) and toolbar/menu (for fast and easy use)
  • Own dialog since integration into standard dialog is possible but very limited
    • Libreoffice file dialog is removed completely (local files are opened via default dialog) and new dialog for remote files is introduced
  • Types: WebDAV, ftp, ssh, Windows Share, CMIS (with 10 subtypes incl.
12 Mar 2015

LibreOffice Design Session: Entries at Indexes and Tables

The Libreoffice UX team started last week with another type of meeting, the design session. The goal is to discuss one issue in detail along with possible solutions, mostly a mockup. This includes a clear description of the issue, functional and non-functional requirements, as well as constraints for the design.…

19 Feb 2015

Tracking changes with LibreOffice

The Libreoffice UX team shows a proposal for the management of change tracking. It intends to have a comprehensive and good-looking overview but with the flexibility to add future enhancements.

This article was posted first on 2015-Feb-19 at user-prompt.com (site closed now)

Introduction

Track changes is an essential feature that separates word processors from simple text editors.…

22 Jan 2015

How to make LibreOffice Customization usable

Libreoffice customization is quite powerful in terms of functionality but has some room for improvement regarding usability. This blog post starts the discussion about requirements with the current scope and shows some mockups that might be an improvement to the current design.…

27 Dec 2014

How people utilize LibreOffice Impress

In the last couple of weeks, we have run surveys for Writer and Calc in order to gather user feedback on optimizations we were making to the toolbar and applications. So here are the results of our recent survey analysis for Impress.…

20 Nov 2014

Results of survey about LibreOffice Calc’s toolbar configuration

Our goal is to unclutter the toolbars from functions that are rarely used and to add those that are more frequently used. In order to verify improvements that we were making to LibreOffice Calc’s we asked users about their needs and preferences toolbars.…

13 Nov 2014

How designers think about ‘Save as…’

The metaphor of a floppy for Save is one of the most controversially discussed and challenged icons. There are haters who argue that many younger people never have seen a floppy (except at the Save icons). And there are lovers who favor the clear and unique depiction of the floppy.…